The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lone Star Bakery Inc., China Grove, Texas, for 32 serious, one repeat, and 16 other-than-serious violations following an amputation incident and multiple inspections at two of the company's facilities. Violations include exposing workers to combustible dust, fall, and electrical hazards, among others. Proposed penalties total $229,400.
OSHA's San Antonio Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection on Oct. 18, 2010, following a fingertip amputation incident on the pie processing line. A second safety inspection began on Dec. 15, 2010, as the result of a fire that occurred from excessive buildup of bread materials in the ovens. A second health inspection was initiated Jan. 24 following a report that employees were being exposed to excessive levels of noise and not being protected by a hearing conservation program.
The repeat violation is failing to ensure that a metal junction box was permanently mounted in accordance with the listing and labeling required by the manufacturer. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule, or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. OSHA cited Lone Star Bakery for a similar violation following a 2006 inspection that resulted in total penalties of $78,300.
Lone Star Bakery, a private commercial bakery that employs about 500 workers at the two China Grove facilities, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Area Director in San Antonio or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.